As conversations continue to take place around human rights, social injustices and offensive language that can have an impact, the discussion has turned to football teams. The NFL franchise in Washington has long been the subject of complaints because of its nickname “Redskins”.
And now the three minority owners of the team are looking to sell their stakes. Businessmen Robert Rothman, Dwight Schar and Frederick W. Smith – who own 40% of the combined team – sell because they are unhappy with majority owner Daniel Snyder, for The Washington Post.
The three owners are “not happy to be a partner” with Snyder, who has owned the team since 1999.
The franchise announced earlier this month that it will “undergo a thorough review” of the nickname. Snyder had previously stated publicly that he would never change the name. He even encouraged journalists to use all capital letters to quote him.
However, the opposition is looming today. FedEx, which sponsors the team’s stadium as part of a $ 205 million deal, officially requested a name change the day before the announcement of the review. Other companies have removed team merchandise from their shelves, according to CBS Sports.
It may have influenced Snyder a bit. Adam Schefter reported the team plans to delete all Native American images, and his colleague John Keim added that Washington plans to keep its colors for now.
If Washington changes its name, the coolest option is Redtails. The name pays homage to the planes flown by the Tuskegee aviators, the first black military aviators of the American armed forces.
Maybe a name change could convince the other owners to stay. But it seems that until that happens, they will continue to seek to sell.